Now that these shorter, colder days are with us there’s no time like the present to start planning next year’s trips abroad. There’s something about knowing we have an escape secured that gets us through the blistering cold of winter right?



Here’s my tried and tested luxury resorts to inspire your 2018 travel plans, each location is less than a four hour flight from the UK.



With year-round sunshine and warm waters, the Canary Island of Lanzarote is an amazing destination for a winter escape. Offering beautiful beaches and unique excursions from visiting volcanic lands to dolphin watching at sea.

Princesa Yaiza Hotel and Resort is a great option for travellers looking into a luxury stay in Lanzarote. Whether you opt to indulge in one of their gourmet restaurants, relax in the award-winning spa or simply lounge by the pool soaking up the December rays you’ll be well taken care of by the hotel’s five star service.  With a wide beach just a few steps away from the gated resort you can hop from pool to the sea in seconds!



The Mediterranean's second largest island, Sardinia, is home to some of Italy’s most treasured landscapes and beaches. The crystal clear waters and ancient wine culture attracts thousands of British tourists every year. 

Chia Laguna is a family friendly hotel offering guests a slice of Mediterranean paradise just under three hours flying time from London.

The award winning hotel complex is located in Southern Sardinia and is the proud and deserving owner of the acclaimed title, ‘Italy’s Best Sea’. With a stunning sandy fringe and amazing activities for all the family to enjoy, spending four to five nights at Chia Laguna is the perfect mid-week escape that’s guaranteed to bring back nostalgic childhood memories.



Offering travellers some of the most picturesque views in Europe, the Greek Island of Zakynthos, more commonly recognised as Zante is the perfect wanderlust get-a-away for couples and families.

When visited in the warmer season guests can travel to the famous Navagio Shipwreck Beach by boat and swim in the bluest waters in all of Greece. When the season turns cooler, the cove can be admired from above.

Villa Aria offers guests a three bedroomed self-catered stay whilst marvelling at the show-stopping views from every angle. The private pool and perfect location will have you re-booking the following year’s stay before your few days on the island have ended!

Written by Sabrina Chakici, TV Host & Travel Expert. Follow her on instagram @sabrina_chakici

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